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Is your password 123456? Time to increase your security!

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 2/17/11 9:00 AM

Password KeyboardWell over a year ago there was a major security breach at a site called RockYou.com.   One of the interesting outcomes is that the breach offered the opportunity to analyze password behaviors since over 32 million passwords were revealed.

Here is the top 20 list and if you see any of your passwords on this list, its a good time to think about using stronger passwords!

  1. 123456
  2. 12345
  3. 123456789
  4. Password
  5. iloveyou
  6. princess
  7. rockyou
  8. 1234567
  9. 12345678
  10. abc123
  11. Nicole
  12. Daniel
  13. babygirl
  14. monkey
  15. Jessica
  16. Lovely
  17. michael
  18. Asley
  19. 654321
  20. Qwerty

Strong passwords should include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.  Your computer security starts with the strength of your passwords, so don't use something that's easy to guess or easy to automatically generate (like a keyboard string or word in the dictionary).

Tags: Security, password, 123456, popular passwords

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